Nigel Farage has been reported to the police over allegations his election spending during a bid to be an MP in 2015 exceeded the limit.
In 2015, Farage ran to be the MP for South Thanet during the General Election.
The anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate allege today that:
Nigel Farage’s campaign failed to appropriately declare at least £26,302 in its electoral returns and possibly well over £35,000.
Failing to declare significant election campaign spending is against the law.
Candidates were allowed to spend just over £15,000 for what is called the ‘short’ campaign, from 9 April until polling day.
Hope Not Hate also claim:
The largest missing expenditure in the short campaign is that of staff working directly on the South Thanet campaign. According to a former paid campaign organiser, UKIP employed eight full time campaign staff in South Thanet in the weeks running up to the election. Of the eight names provided by our source three have subsequently confirmed they were indeed employed and paid, while a further four refused to comment.
If the claims are verified by the police then UKIP will have a lot to answer for.
Hope Not Hate has had run-ins with Farage before, most recently when he accused them of “pursuing violent and very undemocratic means”.
Hope Not Hate say they would sue him.
The campaign group say they have referred the matter of election spending to the police now.
UKIP are keeping mum